Edgwarebury

Edgwarebury, Barnet

Also spelt as two separate words, Edgwarebury is farming country straddling the M1 motorway and the Hertfordshire border north of Edgware

Edgwarebury Lane - geograph-2379208-by-Martin-Addison

To the east lies the oak wood­land of Scratch­wood, which dates back to the last Ice Age, while ves­tiges of Celtic fields have been dis­cerned to the north.

‘Bury’ was Old Eng­lish for a manor or manor house and Edg­ware­bury seems to have been the focus of the manor of Edg­ware through the Mid­dle Ages and beyond. The manor was acquired by All Souls Col­lege, Oxford, in 1443, when Earls­bury Farm was the ‘chief demesne farm’ here.

A clause in Earls­bury Farm’s lease in 1602 stip­u­lat­ed that the lords of the manor or their rep­re­sen­ta­tives should be giv­en accom­mo­da­tion at the farm­house when vis­it­ing the manor on offi­cial busi­ness. This farm­house was replaced in the ear­ly 17th cen­tu­ry by the tim­ber-framed Bury Farm, which was extend­ed in the 18th cen­tu­ry. The farm­house was robbed in 1735 by the Essex Gang (also known as the Gre­go­ry Gang), whose mem­bers includ­ed Dick Turpin. The elder­ly house­hold­er was tor­tured in this noto­ri­ous­ly wicked home inva­sion, and a female ser­vant was raped.

Edg­ware­bury Lane used to con­nect with For­tune Lane in Elstree until the fields were enclosed in 1854 and Edg­ware­bury Lane was divert­ed north­ward.

Builders AW Cur­ton laid out the upmar­ket Edg­ware­bury Lane estate in 1935, offer­ing super­sized prop­er­ties such as a six-bed­room house for £1,785.

Edg­ware­bury Park lies on the edge of built-up Edg­ware. Evi­dence of the old­er land­scape of fields and wood­land remains here, in addi­tion to more recent plant­i­ng of trees and gar­den areas. To the south of the park, the land slopes towards the Edg­ware­bury Brook.

Edg­ware­bury ceme­tery opened in 1972 and approval for its enlarge­ment was grant­ed in 2010. The funer­al of the singer/songwriter Amy Wine­house took place at the ceme­tery in July 2011 and her body was after­wards cre­mat­ed at Gold­ers Green cre­ma­to­ri­um.

A pro­pos­al to cre­ate an 18-hole golf course on green belt land west of Edg­ware­bury Farm was unan­i­mous­ly reject­ed by Bar­net council’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in Novem­ber 2015.

Beyond the M1 and the London border, the mock-Tudor Edgwarebury Hotel has satisfied Elstree studios’ location requirements on many occasions – usually doubling as the home of some rich eccentric – including in three episodes of The Avengers television series. The Laura Ashley design house acquired the hotel in 2011 and naffly renamed it ‘The Manor, Elstree’. In January 2019 Laura Ashley Holdings sold the property to Countrywide Hotels for £6 million. It’s still called The Manor.

Postcode area: Edgware HA8

 

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